Last weekend, along with 6,000 other sports enthusiasts, Jubilee Hall Trust’s Chief Executive, Phil Rumbelow, managed to overcome the snowy travel chaos to attend his first London 2012 Gamesmaker Volunteer training session! The event was held at Wembley Arena and was hosted by former World and Olympic Champion Triple Jumper turned BBC presenter, Jonathan Edwards. The afternoon featured addresses from stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard – who famously ran 43 marathons in 50-odd days for Sport Relief – as well as former Olympic and Paralympic athletes and some senior executives from London 2012.
The volunteers came from a wide range of backgounds, as Phil explains:
‘The volunteers were a truly representative sample of modern Britain, and the diversity of the group demonstrated how everyone has been caught up in the enthusiasm of the Games. One lady I met had volunteered at the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand in 1974 and told me that she thought it was probably time she gave it another go! By the time we left Wembley, we all felt that the Games was one step closer’
The Olympic Torch relay starts on 19th May and the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics is on 27th July.